The Government of
Ukraine, at an extraordinary meeting on Monday, February 29, adopted a
resolution on the establishment of the State Bureau of Investigation and
approved six out of nine members of the Commission for the selection of an SBI
chairman. Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk informed that first
meeting of the Selection Commission would take place on March 1.
noted that the Government had
received an official
letter from the President of Ukraine regarding candidates for the Selection Commission on the appointment of the chairman of the State Bureau of Investigation.
that the Government had appealed to the Parliament and the
President for several times
regarding the need to offer candidates to be included into the
Selection Commission for the SBI Director.
"This is an agency, which shall take up
most of the investigative functions that are now within the scope of
jurisdiction of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine", said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The Government nominated six out of
nine members of the Selection Commission.
The candidates from the Cabinet of
Ministers of Ukraine: Natalia Sevostyanova,
First Deputy Minister of Justice; Eka
First Deputy Minister of Interior; Anton Heraschenko,
People's Deputy of Ukraine, Secretary of the Verkhovna Rada
Committee on Legislative Support of Law Enforcement
The candidates from the President of Ukraine: Roman
of the Department
of civil law,
the Law Faculty,
the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University; Victor Samokhvalov, Professor in the
Department of theory of law and state, the Law Faculty, the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University; Tetyana Slipachuk,
partner of the law firm "Sayenko Kharenko".
First Deputy Justice
Minister Natalia Sevostyanova said that under
the law "On the State Bureau of Investigation" the Selection Commission
is authorized to take decisions with five votes, so it could start operation.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk also stressed that the
Government of Ukraine adopts a resolution on the establishment
of the State Bureau of Investigation, as the central
The Prime Minister informed
that the following day was due the first meeting of the Selection
Commission in order to launch the procedure of
appointment of an SBI Director.
Moreover, he reminded that the agenda of the Verkhovna
Rada of Ukraine’s session at the previous plenary
week had contained a bill called to endure
the entry into force of the law of Ukraine on the State Bureau of Investigation
"due to the fact that the process of submission
candidates to the Selection Committee for the appointment
of the Director of SBI was delayed by political forces":
"The goal was ,until the appointment
of the Director of the State Bureau of Investigation and the
normal functioning of the SBI, to remain investigation functions
within the scope of jurisdiction of the prosecution."
The Parliament, the Head of Government
reminded, has failed to support the relevant law: "But the
Government does its job".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed to the Parliament
to suggest their candidates as
members of the Selection Commission and to amend the law of Ukraine
on the State Bureau of Investigation "to leave the
functions of investigation within the scope of jurisdiction of
the Prosecutor's office until the SBI becomes